Negotiating Technical Team

Through the Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination (RIRSD) table, Treaty Education Alliance entered into mutually respectful negotiations with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) to implement a fully-funded First Nations education system. This unique opportunity is the result of more than a decade of hard work and persistence by our alliance members. As negotiations continue, the alliance Chiefs require advice and recommendations from community members. To build an Inherent and Treaty Rights Based education system that truly meets the needs of our member nations, we need to speak with those who know those needs best – the elders, parents, caregivers and educators in each community. TEA developed technical teams to support this work.

The Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination discussion tables gives the Canadian government the opportunity to collaborate with Indigenous communities nationwide, to seek innovative approaches for enhancing the acknowledgment of Indigenous rights and self-determination.
The objective is to introduce increased adaptability into negotiations by emphasizing the acknowledgment of rights, fostering respect, promoting cooperation, and building partnerships. In these discussions, Canada and our Negotiating Technical Team have the opportunity to delve into novel concepts and methods to reach agreements that acknowledge the rights of our communities and further the aspirations for self-determination, ultimately benefiting their communities and education for children and future generations.